Jack Hughes, cofounder of TopCoder, admits that if he were to compete in one of his company's online computer programming competitions he'd be laughed off the screen. Hughes, a computer programmer, said his inability to write elegant code at cyber-speed doesn't bother him a whit. Since 2001, the privately owned Glastonbury, Conn., company has summoned some of the world's best programmers to its Web site with the lure of online glory -- and cash.